Reading at Leisure
Zhao Yi (Qing Dynasty)
When people read classics,
they read themselves.
This is like a plaza
where an audience rings the high stage.
The short man stands on the floor,
he stretches his neck and stands on his toes.
But there are people in high towers on balconies
who watch the performance at eye level.
The show is the same
but the impressions are different.
The short man returns from the theater
bragging about having a close look.
The people upstairs
cannot help cracking up.